Broadway returns with first performance since COVID-19 shutdowns

Broadway has lifted the curtain for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theaters and threatened the future of the Great White Way.

The audience was packed with guests wearing masks Wednesday night at the August Wilson Theater for previews of “Pass Over,” the first production to return to Broadway in nearly 17 months.

Ticket holders check in with proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the first preview of any play on Broadway since March 12, 2020.
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(L-R) Namir Smallwood, Jon Michael Hill, Director Danya Taymor, Playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and Gabriel Ebert pose at the first preview of the new play "Pass Over" on Broadway at The August Wilson Theatre on August 4, 2021 in New York City.
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Guests were required to show proof of vaccination as well as keep on their masks in the theater, except while eating and drinking in designated areas.

The performance was followed by an outdoor block party on 52nd Street to celebrate Broadway’s return.

Several of Broadway’s biggest shows, including “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked,” have begun selling tickets for their returns on Sept. 14.

People gather outside the August Wilson Theatre before the performance of "Pass Over" on Aug. 4, 2021.
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Horseback police stand patrol outside the theater.
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“We’ve taken a lot of steps not only to make sure the theater will be safe for our audience members, but to make sure that our cast and crew have been trained in anti-racism training, also making sure that we as a brand are pushing forward social justice,” said actress, Krystal Joy Brown, who plays Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, in “Hamilton.”

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